Modern Languages

Elena Deanda-Camacho

Associate Professor of Spanish

Elena Deanda-Camacho is an Associate Professor of Spanish and the Director of the Black Studies Program at Washington College. She received her BA from the University of Veracruz, Mexico, and her PhD from Vanderbilt University. Besides literature, she has studied philosophy, religion, and medieval studies in Mexico, France, and the USA.

Deanda specializes in early modern Spanish literature with an emphasis in the Spanish Enlightenment and colonial Mexico. Her research moves between women’s theology and prostitution and pornography in the eighteenth century. Her scholarship and teaching practice interrogates questions about gender, race, and ethnicity; desire, sex, and love; inquisitorial censorship and freedom of speech.

She has published articles on medieval literature, the Spanish Golden Age, transatlantic Baroque, colonial folk music, and Mexican literature. She is currently writing a book entitled Pornopoetics: Poetry and Pornography in Eighteenth Century Europe.

Education

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2010

B.A. University of Veracruz, Mexico, 2001

Research
  • Golden Age, Baroque, and the Enlightenment
  • Gender studies, queer theory, critical race theory, critical theory
  • Spain and Mexico
Teaching
  • How to Make Love in Early Modern Spain 
  • Love and War in the Spanish Golden Age
  • Crusaders, Conquerors, and Immigrants
  • Afro Latin America
  • Tequila Gang: Mexico Across the Centuries
  • Forbidden Literature

Academic Articles

“Sor Juana, doctora en Teología: la sabiduría y el conocimiento en los villancicos de 1676.” Calíope: Journal of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry
22.2 (2017): 191-216.

“Quixotic Sade: Echoes of Cervantes in 120 Days of Sodom.” Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture 46 (2017): 21-33.

“From Hell to Hell: Bodily Regimes and Archival Research in Mexico, Spain, the Vatican, and France” Dieciocho 39.2 (2016): 296-301.

“La fatalidad del poder: La Muerte como el Papa y el Inquisidor en Las Cortes de la Muerte de Micael de Carvajal y Lope de Vega.” Bulletin of Comediantes 67.2 (2015): 157-76.

“Speak in SIlence: The Power of Weakness in the Works of Teresa de Cartagena.” eHumanista 29 (2015): 461-475

“Maldito ‘Jarabe Gatuno:’ Poeticas de la censura inquisitorial en la Nueva Espana.” Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 10 (2014): 25-36. 

“’Introduction’ to Silence Revisited: Censorship, Regulation, and Freedom of Speech,” Vanderbilt e-journal of Luso-Hispanic Studies 10 (2014): i-iii.

“Percances de la memoria: El sujeto y la colectividad en La versada de Arcadio Hidalgo.” Ed. Donaji Cuellar. Literatura de tradicion oral de Mexico: Generos representativos. San Luis-Xalapa: Colegio de San Luis-U of Veracruz, 2012. 197-221. 

 “Maria Candelaria y Oficio de tinieblas. Representando a la mujer indigena en el Mexico del siglo XX.” Semiosis 13.1 (2011): 69-84.

 “The Politics of a Colonial Folksong: Male Bonding, Pardos’ Chuchumbe, and the Inquisitorial Body.” Transverse 10 (2010): 15 pp.

 “El chuchumbé te he de soplar: sobre obscenidad, censura y memoria oral en el primer ‘son de la tierra’ novohispano.” Mester 36 (2007): 53-71.

 “On Joy, Death, and Writing: From Autobiography to Autothanatography in Clarice Lispector’s Works.” Working Papers in Romance Languages 1.1 (2006) Vol. : Iss. 1, Article 5.

 

Reviews:

Review: “Resistencia de los negros en el virreinato de Mexico (siglos XVI-XVIII)” by Jean Pierre Tardieu. Afro-Hispanic Review 36.1 (2017): 248-50. 

Review: “Searching for Madre Matiana: Prophecy and Popular Culture in Modern Mexico” by Edward Wright-Rios. Letras femeninas 43.1 (2017): 176-78. 

Review: “Consul Jones y otros poemas” by Gerald Manley Hopkins, translated by Delia Pasini; and “Paisaje interior” by Gerald Manley Hopkins, translated by Tedi Lopez Mills. The Hopkins Quarterly XLII.1-2 (2015): 76-80.

 Review: “The Inquisition in New Spain 1536-1820. A Documentary History by John Chuchiak IV.” European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 94 (2013): 136-137.

Review: “No solo ayunos y oraciones. Piezas teatrales menores en conventos de monjas (Siglo XVIII). Por Maria Sten y Raquel Gutierrez Estupinan.” The Latin Americanist 52.3 (2008): 105-107.

 

 Creative Writing:

“Parentesis.” Ambitos Feministas 4 (2014): 131-133. 

Breve Cronica del Deseo. Xalapa: Durandarte, 2003. Excerpt here. Review here.